Nikon Z50 Joins Crowded Mirrorless Camera Market

Nikon Z50 announced

Photographers definitely can’t complain about the lack of choices in the mirrorless camera world. It may not be the choices we want, but good lord at the number of camera bodies releasing into the world. After months of rumors, the Nikon Z50 is joining the crowded marketplace as Nikon’s first APS-C mirrorless camera

Those wanting more of a flagship mirrorless camera are getting a mixed bag. The Nikon Z50 is definitely more of a replacement to the D7XXX series of cameras versus the D500. 

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Here are the Nikon Z50 Features

Most of the leaks were spot on, so the surprise factor is fairly limited. Here’s what Nikon offered up in its first DX mirrorless camera:

  • 20.9-Megapixel APS-C sensor
  • Hybrid AF system with 209 focus points 
  • ISO is 100-51200
  • EV-4 low brightness AF shooting is possible
  • Sequential shooting performance of 11 frames/second
  • 2.36 million dot EVF
  • 1,040,000-dot tilt-type touch panel LCD
  • 4K30p video
  • Eye-Detection AF
  • Silent mode
  • Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 

The autofocus system should be one of the standout features for Nikon. It covers most of the frame and lends Eye AF to an APS-C camera for the first time in a Nikon camera. Another piece of good news is no additional crop on 4K video. Sure, it’s not 60fps, but Nikon avoids killing a must-have feature by sticking with the standard APS-C crop and not adding to it. 

In a nod to the vlogging generation, the LCD screen flips down, and Nikon brings its SnapBridge app over for transferring photos to your phone.

In addition to the camera body, the Z50 launches with two kit lenses, the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR. Neither sounds like Nikon is all that serious when it says the Z50 will take advantage of the larger Z mount. 

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How Much is the Nikon Z50?

It’s clear the company wants to target the Sony a6400 with the $856 price tag. Adding the 16-50mm lens pushes the price to $996.95, while both kit lenses drive the price to just under $1400. That’s a steep jump and will be interesting to see how Black Friday and holiday sales handle the complete combo.

As for a release date? Late November, so if you’re in the market for a solid mid-tier camera, Nikon is definitely targeting the Z50 towards the beginner-enthusiast market.

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